As a Mac user, you may be reluctant to use its iTunes for playing M4V videos, since this piece of Apple software is not user-friendly, it accommodates so many features which takes time and mac resource to launch. While, as a Windows or Android user, it is a pity that iTunes doesn’t offer such a version. Then how to play iTunes M4V videos without iTunes? Here 3 best M4V players are introduced in detail, for Mac, Windows PC, and Android users.
M4V is the video format developed by Apple to contend with MP4 format and it can be protected by DRM copy protection. M4V is applied to encode video files in iTunes, and that’s the reason why we often call M4V files as iTunes files.
In fact, there are 2 media programs that come with macOS can play M4V on Mac, iTunes, and Quick Time Player, but many Mac users choose not to use them for:
iTunes: iTunes itself is a powerful and full-featured program to manage all kinds of files on Mac, which entails a lot of features to meet users’ needs. But by doing so, every time we launch iTunes, it takes a relatively long time to respond and consumes quite a lot of Mac resources for its running. Also, the iTunes player doesn’t offer extended features as other free players do to improve the user experience.
Quick Time Player: When you right-click on the M4V video to play with Quick Time Player, it won’t work. You will have to run the program first, then choose the M4V video for playing. Also, it seems there is no add-on offered to make the playing more enjoyable.
Another reason why users choose to watch M4V without iTunes or Quick Time is for the truth that, there are outstanding M4V players that cost nothing, but still offer more features than them. Find out our favorite picks for M4V players below.
Cisdem Video Player has won plenty of users since its launch in 2014, though this M4V player Mac app comes to users for 100% clean and free, it is still under active improvements to upgrade its support on all popular formats and to add new features to enhance user experience.
Unlike other free M4V players designed for Mac, it has been keeping its promise to be cost-free and bundled-software-free, it is totally your freedom to utilize this tool according to your need.
Step 1. Download the free Mac M4V player, then install and run it.
Step 2. Load M4V file
* Directly drag files into the program
* Go to "File" > "Open File". Find and add an M4V file.
* Right-click the M4V video you wish to play and select Cisdem Video Player to open.
Note: If the software is not your default video player, you can click "Open with" > "Other", choose Cisdem Video Player app, check the "Always Open With" box, and click "Open".
Step 3. Play M4V on Mac
Click the button. The playing will start immediately without buffering, lagging. For sure, the original video quality won’t loss.
You may notice Cisdem Video Player also supports conversion, but this feature is limited under its free version, only 3 video conversions can be done free. But if you have tried its conversion feature, it won’t fail you. To get the full feature and export your M4V videos as formats that can be played on different devices, you can try its Pro version, priced at $9.99.
Final Media Player is a free M4V player for Windows, it supports more than 80 types video and audio formats, that is to say, it can play basically all media files, including M4V, MKV, 3GP, FLV, MPG, MP4, MOV, MOB, WMV, AVI.
Unlike other M4V player for Windows, it doesn’t require installing extra codec. The program can directly play M4V videos.
But the disadvantage of Final Medial Player is that, it cannot work on Windows 10. The current version can only work on Windows XP, Vista, 7,8, and 8.1. However, after reviewing various other Windows M4V players, most of them are not fully compatible on all Windows and Final Medial Player is the one that has made its efforts to be a highly compatible as possible.
Video Player All Format by InShot Inc. is picked as the Highest-rated video player for 2017. Though the name is a little bit weird, it does bring outstanding performance to play M4V and other videos on Android.
It supports all formats videos, such as M4V, MP4, AVI, MOV, 3GP, FLV, WMV, RMVB, TS, also works perfectly to play HD and 4K videos. Through the floating interface, users can perform multiple tasks at the same time, and can also play videos in the background.
Here is a list of its main features:
Unfortunately, there are few online M4V players available. Those that appear in the Google results are either the desktop software or the player to watch by offering the URL. Even some online video converters instruct you to convert M4V to the formats you can play on your device.
And in fact, there is no need to use an online free M4V player. First, there are so many free standalone media players out there, they are safe and easy to use, even provide extended features to improve the playing experience. Secondly, to play an M4V video online requires high Internet speed, if you are playing a large size video, it will take time to upload and play. Therefore, most of our users turn to a desktop free video play to watch videos.
Today is the glory days of the mobile devices to play all kinds of videos and audios, yet each device comes with a format that enjoys the highest compatibility. Thus, to play some videos, such as M4V, users are always recommended to use an M4V converter to export the video as other preferred formats. Here, for our users to play M4V videos on different devices, we pick an excellent video converter to get the best conversion quality---Cisdem Video Converter.
Cisdem Video Converter is another multimedia tool developed by Cisdem, allowing users to convert virtually any video and audio files into frequently used formats. Also, it supports rip DVD, even help users to download online videos/audios and share file seamlessly.
Note: Cisdem Video Player comes with a conversion feature as well. Then, what's the difference? It supports 40+ output formats, whereas Cisdem Video Converter supports 300+. Moreover, the latter lets you batch convert all media files you added.
Nearly all M4V players are open free to users and all do a good job. But some of them have attempted to offer the best and continuously improved service for users, like Cisdem. While, for those who need more features, a video converter is worth a try, it not only allows video playing but also help on customizing your videos.
Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.